19 Oct Taking care of your Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID19
Hey Dyslexia community!
We hope you’ve all been keeping well since our last post. Today’s post is taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during COVID19.
With most daily services rapidly moving online, many Dyslexic’s and those with SpLD’s may face the fear of having to adapt to the new ‘normal’, having to adapt to change, and relearn during these uncertain with everyday tasks becoming more challenging. There may also be a heightened awareness of making mistakes, worries about not being able to ‘catch up’ with everyone else or the fear of ‘being found out’ with Dyslexia or other SpLD’s. Here are a few tips that may be beneficial to you to keep your wellbeing and mental health intact in order to be your best self and still thrive despite the current circumstances.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand Dyslexia is not a mental illness and differs from being a mental health issue, however both can require similar support aids such as Therapy or Counselling. Your mind is extremely important as everything from your thoughts to your actions flow from there, and therefore NEEDS to be a priority. Some of the signs to look out for may include having trouble sleeping, change of appetite (eating more or less than you usually would), being irritable, fidgeting, talking slower than usual, unable to carry out your usual duties, frequent mood swings, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed or guilty, being more exhausted than usual, loss of interests, lack of focus or unable to make decisions and in extreme cases, severe depression and suicidal thoughts.
Identifying your triggers are a good start to delving deeper into your mental state and wellbeing. Internal triggers may include repetitive thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, memories, negative self-talk, the expectations that you’ve put on yourself and other people, flashbacks and perceptions, whereas external triggers may be people, places, surroundings, interactions, conflicts, sounds, smells, changes, and financial situations. Ask yourself what triggered you and your emotions? Try rating your emotions on a scale of 1-10 and identify what those feelings and triggers are communicating within yourself. Do not ignore it. Always check what is happening within to ensure you can be your best self.
Understand that there is strength in vulnerability and transparency. Never feel that you are below or beneath others. Your self-worth is not based on what you do but is in who you are. Dyslexia does not mean you are silly, stupid, or unworthy, nor does it mean you do not deserve good things. Do not define yourself by any external circumstances, rather allow your thoughts and circumstances be used for your good. Do not stay silent if you are struggling with your mental health, find a safe place within your community or talk to your GP to refer you to a qualified therapist or counsellor.
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Until the next post, stay safe, prioritise your mental wellbeing and we’ll see you on the next post.